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Marxist reading group Montreal 2016

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may_valences
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Sep 4 2016 12:25
Marxist reading group Montreal 2016

This is to announce the forming of a Marxist reading group in Montreal for fall 2016.

Last year we met to read capital volume 1 with the help of Ed Georges capital reading guide. This year we look to study the classics of Marxist thought and the debates that have animated the workers movement from Marx to just before ww1. Starting with the manifesto and moving through to Marx's critique of the gotha congress, luxemburgs and lenins case against revisionism, discussions on the mass strike in Russia 1905 and elsewhere by Trotsky and Luxemburg as well as the opening of the radical lefts attatck on kautsky by Luxemburg and pannekoek.

We will be complementing our readings on the history of spd with schorskes and bourinets studies.

We will be meeting weekly on Sundays for 2 hours and expect the readings to be between 2-3 hours worth.

If this initiative interests you please email melver1917@gmail.com

Please circulate widely. Also, if you are aware of any similar initiatives please let me know and it may be possible to link up.

All the best!

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Sep 4 2016 13:45

The main activity of the CLT has been a reading group for the past few years. I think that it's really useful, but to understand the 2nd international you should really read Kautsky himself, as well.

The communist research cluster has a great collection of communist readings here: Get Volume 1

The only guide we have for future action is to study the past!

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Sep 4 2016 22:00

I'd say this is essential reading: The Impossibilists by Peter E. Newell
http://libcom.org/library/impossibilists-brief-profile-socialist-party-canada
As is reading associated with that tag
http://libcom.org/tags/socialist-party-canada
Related to this I've also started an unofficial blog
http://socialistpartycanada.blogspot.com/

may_valences
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Sep 4 2016 22:54

Ya kautsky will be read. Erfurt program and his contributions to the 1912 debate with pannekoek on mass action and the state each have their own day. Schorske will be read as a secondary scource throughout our readings too.

Thanks for the recomendation jondwhite. I have read that history of the impossibilists and found it quite good. Not the scope of this reading group schedule though.

may_valences
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Sep 11 2016 00:59

Bump. Our first meeting is on the 18th of september if anyone else is still interested.